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Start The Swing At Waist Height

Many golfers can do a good job of making solid contact when working the "9-to-3" or other drills that train release mechanics from "belly button to belly button". However, this will often change as soon as a player makes a longer swing or begins to add speed/power. Often times, this is because force is being applied to the club too early and predominantly through the arms. This poor timing can create a steep club path, an open face, and inefficient sequencing. To combat this, I will often cue players to "feel" as if they wait in transition and allow for the force and speed to be applied starting around waist height. When done properly, this should encourage better sequencing and allow for golfers to take advantage of the time spent refining their release mechanics.

Tags: Poor Contact, Not Straight Enough, Transition, Release, Concept

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This drill is start the swing at waist height.

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So many golfers get pretty good at making solid contact from 9 to 3 or hitting belly

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button to belly button height type shot, you know something where we're basically swinging

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from right about there.

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It's a right about there and you can get pretty good ground contact and pretty good ball

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But then it tends to break down for some golfers when they start making a bigger swing.

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And one of the reasons could be that they're trying to apply force to the club with

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their arms too soon or too early and by pulling down and using those shoulders aggressively

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in transition it causes the path to get steep, it can cause the face to get open and it

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can cause you to get out of sequence where then if you did have really good rotation

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and side bend because the arms were early you would bottom out behind the golf ball.

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So learning to get a little bit better arm timing and direction can be really helpful

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for creating solid contact when you're going to the full swings.

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Now one thought that I've always felt and has worked for many students is feeling

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that the swing actually starts that my arms don't really do anything until I get to that

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delivering position.

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That's part of the reason why we use it as a good anchor or checkpoint.

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And so in the swing I'm going to feel like my body kind of winds up in the backswing

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and starts to un-line here and then it's right about this position that then I'm going

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to feel like my swing actually begins.

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So with students I'll have them do it a little bit in slow motion to start where we'll

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go up to the top and I'll say wait wait wait and then once we get to here I'll say

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pour it on and we'll do something like a feeling that they might get from a pelvic

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punch drill or delivery and go or wipe with aggression type drill.

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So we're going to take a few swings and we're just going to feel like that first movement

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there my swing is just kind of gathering and collecting and then from there through all

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the way into that finish is where I'm going to pour on my release movements, my bracing

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my body and that's where I feel like I'm going to generate a lot more of my speed.

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So by having a feeling of kind of softness and waiting there in that initial part of the

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downswing that's going to allow me to have a little bit better sequencing if I'm breaking

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down and making solid contact when I'm doing the nine to three's but then that's falling

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apart when I move on to the full swing it could be more of a tempo and more of a

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sequencing that's causing my low point issues.

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